An Idaho man learned this week that starting a bar fight with a rifle doesn’t always work out, as reports Tom Holm in the Post-Register. Fifty-eight year old Martin Knowles had been kicked out of the Roadhouse Saloon in Idaho Falls, Idaho, for arguing with (and allegedly kicking…he says it was an accident) Trevor Bennion, a patron with a broken ankle.
Despite being admonished by the bartender never to return, Mr. Knowles did just that forty-five minutes later. This time, however, he was armed with an AM 15 rifle and a pistol. According to bar patron Michael Martinez, the tooled-up Knowles “flung the door open and jacked in a shell and started pointing this rifle at [Bennion’s] wife and then swung it at another” patron.
Despite being somewhat hobbled by his ankle injuries, however, Bennion demonstrated that winning a fight is more about mindset than tools. He grabbed the first thing that was handy — a beer mug, oddly enough — and threw it at Knowles. This was apparently enough to distract Knowles, and that was all that Bennion and a mess of other patrons at the Roadhouse needed. They rushed the armed man, disarming him, and generally opening up an old-fashioned can of Idaho butt-whipping, the results of which are seen in the photo above.
“He was distracted long enough that he didn’t get a round off, thank God,” Bennion said.
Knowles currently faces up to 15 years in prison due to charges of aggravated assault, as well as an enhancement charge for use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
Oh, and by the way, Knowles also faces charges for unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, due to a 2002 conviction for possession of a controlled substance, demonstrating once again how well gun control laws work to keep firearms out of the hands of violent felons.
The Post-Register reports that Mr. Bennion is feeling pretty blasé about the whole affair.
“Surprisingly, I really don’t feel anything,” he said. “I’m just glad no one was shot; I mean I’ve got a 3-year-old little girl and a wife and I’d hate to leave them and be shot over some drunk idiot.”